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Apple lists apps incompatible with Snow Leopard

updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri August 28, 2009

S. Leopard's broken apps

Apple has published a series of official support documents for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which ships today. These cover Finder and the desktop, the printing process, and more crucially a number of incompatible applications. A specific set of programs may be automatically moved to an "Incompatible Software" folder on a Mac, and/or blocked from being opened.

Apps which are moved to the separate folder include:

  • Parallels Desktop, ver. 2.5 and earlier

  • McAfee VirusScan, ver. 8.6

  • Norton AntiVirus ver. 11.0

  • Internet Cleanup 5 ver. 5.0.4

  • Application Enhancer ver. 2.0.1 and earlier

  • Unsanity

  • AT&T Laptop Connect Card ver. 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.10.0

  • launch2net ver, 2.13.0

  • iWOW plug-in for iTunes ver. 2.0

  • Missing Sync for Palm Sony CLIE Driver ver. 6.0.4

  • TonePort UX8 Driver ver. 4.1.0

  • ioHD Driver ver. 6.0.3

  • Silicon Image SiI3132 Drivers ver.

On top of this, the following software is being blocked from launching:

  • Parallels Desktop ver. 3.0

  • VirusBarrier X4 ver. 10.4.4 and earlier

  • SPSS 17 ver. 17.1

  • Director MX 2004 ver. 10.2

  • EyeTV ver. 3.0.0 to 3.1.0

  • Ratatouille ver. 1.1

  • Aperture ver. 2.1.1 and earlier

  • Keynote ver. 2.0.2 and earlier

  • AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow ver. 4.2.5

Apple meanwhile notes that a number of Snow Leopard-compatible printer drivers have been released this week, from a variety of companies. These include:

  • Xerox

  • Lexmark

  • Canon

  • FujiXerox

  • Epson

  • HP

  • Lanier

  • Gestetner

  • Gutenprint

  • Ricoh

  • Brother

  • Samsung

  • NRG

  • Infotec

  • Savin

An important change to the operating system is the availability of third-party printer software through Software Update, eliminating the need to manually download drivers from company websites.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This $29 upgrade is getting more expensive all the time! Gonna need to update Parallels for $50 and possibly Adobe CS3 depending on how it runs for me.

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...for me, anyway.

    Zero apps listed are in my arsenal.

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  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    t** for tat...

    So, let me get this straight. Apple made Snow Leopard to fix things... and things get broke?

    It is an even trade really. For every improvement, something else breaks. I'm better off just keeping my "not so good Leopard" and continue running my apps rather than to upgrade to these "improvements".

  1. solefald

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Has this c*** EVER been compatible with ANYTHING?

    Unsanity devs are nothing but a bunch of morons. Their apps were relevant 5 years ago, but non-existent support, release schedule and laziness made me run away from anything that comes from that company.

    Expect 10.6 compatibility of their products about a month or so before 10.7 release.

    Good riddance.

  1. ocfra

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fedex delivering Family

    Pack in a few hours - I look forward to this refined and fast iteration of OS X at a bargain price.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is the current version of any of these programs incompatible with Snow Leopard? I know that for at least some of them, not only the current version, but the previous version are compatible with 10.6. The question is how many versions back does Apple need to support when the program's own manufacturer refuses to and at what cost to overall system speed and stability. (Adobe will patch CS4 as needed but refuses to do so for CS3, yet Apple is expected to!)

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I got it FOR FREE from a local Mac reseller (first 100 customers got a single user update for free) AND I have a 'new' enough version of Parallels and just barely 'new' enough version of Aperture to install it...

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple not responsible

    for this issue. The software vendors are. They get the seed of the OS long before the release. If the vendors want to support older versions then they can always release a patch but that is not what a vendor wants. They want you to buy the new upgrades. There is more money in upgrades than in patch support. Think about it. Such issues are welcomed by vendors and boy do they love such changes.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oracle client for OSX

    Anybody knows if the new Oracle full client for administrators for Mac OSX works ok with the new snow leopard? Please need the info!

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just got my SL

    I am waiting to upgrade my Macbook now. Then my office support will upgrade my MBP. I do not have any incompatibilities. Hooray.

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